Toegepast Natuurwet Onderzoek (TNO), Netherlands
Holst Centre is part of TNO, a fully independent R&D organization with a staff of approx. 4500. Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by IMEC (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. The System-in-Foil production research program of the Holst Centre is led by TNO and is the relevant activity of TNO in this project. It targets the development of production concepts that enable cost-effective manufacturing technologies for large-area electronics in large quantities by continuous production techniques such as roll-to-roll processing.
Holst Centre has developed key technologies for building flexible and stretchable electronics systems from subparts. These technologies for example cover thin silicon chip on foil integration and the lamination and interconnection of functional foils. Holst Centre has realized arrays of low-voltage ferroelectric P(VDF-TrFE) memory transistors and capacitors, as well as piezoelectric device on thin plastic foil. Holst Centre has a solid reputation in the community of printed and flexible electronics, and is involved in many types of collaborations. Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 180 employees from 28 nationalities and a commitment from more than 40 industrial partners. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia based around shared roadmaps and programs.